Funding News Just In!

Thank you to Chalk Cliff Trust for confirming support of the schools festival workshops exploring friendship, diversity, Romany culture, bullying and mental health. This funding is focused on access to the marginalised and disadvantaged sectors of the community.

News of our Festival Mentoring Scheme

Preparations for #ATownExploresABook22 are under way with eight early career artists aged 16-28 on the festival mentoring scheme working alongside the core team. They are working on curation, development of the partner projects and supporting the festival fundraising committee which makes the festival accessible to children in the Hastings and St Leonards area who would not otherwise be involved.

Read Esme Fisher's article about the festival mentoring scheme in the Hastings Online Times. Check out her Artist Digital UK commissioned project on the AltPitch web site/social media platforms.

Video by mentee Esme Fisher.

Our mentees learn how to utilise their core skills in a freelance career while gaining the additional skills for festival delivery work. We support them to overcome personal barriers to employment. Download the info pack developed by mentee graphic designer Amy Jennery with Esme Fisher.

If you would like to be considered for the scheme, set up in 2020 through a SECCADS pilot and subsequently funded by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council, click here. We have a waiting list for this unique, over-subscribed scheme and engage with our waiting listers. Thank you to 18 Hours & Leisure and Learning who work with us and link with their event and digital curation training schemes.

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